Born For Eternity

I want you to meet someone  special!  My grandson, Aaron James Craig.  He lives in heaven now, but his time with us was very, very extraordinary.  One of the sweetest and hardest times of our lives.Aaron James at home

A.J. was born with what the doctors called “multiple anomalies,” which turned out to be quite an understatement.  His vocal chords did not function properly, so he never cried or made a sound.  But during his short two years, he spoke volumes to us. We learned so much from him.  We called him, “Silent Messenger of God.” After four months in the NICU, we brought him home with a ventilator, feeding tube,  monitors, and lots of questions for God.

The Lord was so good to send us Christian nurses to help with his care.  They ministered to us, as much as to Aaron.  One day, during one of our many heart-bearing conversations about babies who live short, difficult lives, his nurse, Paula, said something so profound and  perspective changing for me. It revolutionized my view of life, and our purposes in God’s plan.

“You know, we are born for eternity, not just for earth.”  Born for a life beyond the earthly realm!  Think of it! God has a plan for our lives that goes on forever!  A life that will be forever in the Light! …or not!   

What a comfort, delight, and wonder!  To think that our precious boy has a future and a purpose far beyond what we could ever imagine or hope.  Born for eternity!  To live a life…

 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”  1 Cortinthians 2:9

A life beyond this veil of tears.  And a glorious life, at that. Life in the Kingdom of Heaven.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

I had a very interesting post on my Facebook page yesterday that prompted this subject today.  It was a short video by Pastor Francis Chan.  I’ll let him show you what I mean.

Eternal life….what will yours look like?  You CAN know!  You CAN be sure!  Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.  Come to Him now, if you haven’t already.  His loving arms await.  If you have been away from Him for a while, His loving arms await your return.  It is time.   We are eternal beings…the Light awaits, ….but, so does darkness.  It is time to choose.

Let’s pray:  Father of Lights, draw us to Yourself that we may dwell in your house forever.  Help our eyes to see beyond the sky; and help our hearts to long for heaven.  We choose Light rather than darkness; we choose life rather than death;  we choose YOU!  In Jesus’ name,

Amen!

Here is a beautiful song by a one of my favorite artists, Fernando Ortega, “Beyond the Sky.”

5 thoughts on “Born For Eternity

  1. Wow! Thank you for that. We lost a baby last year from a terminal birth defect and theoughtout my pregnancy and her birth we often questioned why. Why can’t she be in our lives? Why give her to us just to take her away? Plus many others yet fortunately we did have Jesus in our hearts..it would have been a much harder battle without knowing him. This really puts things in perspective like you said though and I’ve never thought in those terms of eternal life. I’ve been having a rough week and this really helped me! Ty for your transparency!

    • Losing a baby is one of the most difficult griefs to bear. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you know that your child has a full life ahead of him with no defects whatsoever! What a blessing is our eternal home! We will see them again…sometimes that is small comfort to our empty arms, but knowing that God has a plan for their lives yet is a comfort.

  2. Ecc 3:11 He has made every thing beautiful in its time: He has also put eternity in men’s hearts, so that no man can find out the work that God does from the beginning to the end.

    Origen believed that we pre-existed and that we chose the type of birth and life we would live to prepare for eternity. I don’t know how he came to believe that but that life regardless of age is precious in an of itself but how it is lived to the end is even more precious.

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